Social Gaming giant focuses initially on iOS platform. Its stock may have headed south in recent weeks, but the San Francisco-based social gaming giant Zynga is still very much in the game, this week launching a team mate for its runaway successful products Zynga Poker and Zynga Bingo, in the shape of the new Zynga Slots.
Initially configured for the iOS platform of iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, Zynga is clearly hoping that its new Slots offering will emulate the success of its poker and bingo predecessors.
As Zynga’s second mobile casino game, Zynga Slots brings the thrill of Las Vegas slot machines to the palm of players’ hands while introducing social elements for players to share the excitement with their friends,” said Justin Cinicolo, vice president, Zynga Mobile.
“We’re continually listening to player feedback on the kinds of games they enjoy playing, and we’ll be sure to bring more high-quality iOS games to players based on the genres they enjoy.”
Cinicolo outlined a list of new features that it feels will make the game a standout for players:
- Zynga has introduced offline mode, which enables players to enjoy Zynga Slots anywhere, anytime, with minimal load times and smooth reel animations.
- Zynga Slots is the most social slots game to date, meaning more friends and more winnings. Users can recruit friends to play and watch as the jackpot rises, or hop on a machine to help heat it up and reap the rewards. With Facebook integration and push notifications, users will always know when the jackpot increases or a friend wins big–and when it is time to spin again.
- Level-up gaming capability which unlocks rewards such as new machines featuring themes from popular Zynga games like FarmVille and Hanging With Friends. Dedicated players will also reap the benefits of increased pay lines and higher betting limits for bigger risk and better rewards.
- New features like animations, mini-games and fun characters that react and move with each spin, inching players closer to “Fever Mode,” a 30-second bonus round where they can spin for a bigger payout.
Zynga Online Slots is available in 10 languages, and is available for free on iTunes for all iOS devices. It should be noted that while the game is free, it does encourage the purchase of in-game items with real money. The top in-game purchase according to iTunes is a pile of virtual coins for $4.99.